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Oct 28th, 2008, 06:24 PM
Doha TV Schedule: Tennis Channel, ESPN2

Tennis Channel and ESPN2 will cover the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships the prestigious season-ending competition in women's professional tennis, featuring the world's top eight singles players and top four doubles teams in their entirety Tuesday-Sunday, November 4-9. More than 30 live hours are planned from the event's inaugural run in Doha, Qatar, almost all of which will be telecast in high definition.

Combined, including replays, the networks will offer close to 70 hours of HD match coverage during the six-day Sony Ericsson Championships. Tennis Channel will carry 32 hours of live competition, spread across each day of the event. The network's coverage includes all round-robin matches, singles semifinals and doubles play. ESPN2 will carry the singles final on Sunday, November 9, at 12 pm ET. Tennis Channel will follow its network's live coverage with daily encores of each match of the competition, in addition to a same-day replay of the singles final.

"This year Tennis Channel will offer more coverage of the Sony Ericsson Championships than ever before on US television," said Victoria Quoss, executive vice president, programming and network strategy, Tennis Channel. "Audiences have never been able to see so much of the women's year-end competition and drama live and in HD, as the world's eight best players battle match after match all week long. The tournament is the climactic end to the entire season, and we're excited that our viewers will be there for every point as the 2008 champion is crowned."

Veteran sportscaster Barry MacKay will call the Sony Ericsson Championships on Tennis Channel, along with analysis from former No.1 doubles player Corina Morariu and, making her debut in the network's broadcast booth, former singles and doubles No.1 Lindsay Davenport. In joining Morariu, Davenport, who won the year-end championships' singles title in 1999 as well as three doubles crowns at the event during her career, is reunited with her 1999 Wimbledon-championship doubles partner. Rounding out the team, former No.1 Tracy Austin will conduct pre- and post-match interviews from the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha.

Cliff Drysdale and Pam Shriver will cover the singles championship on ESPN2. Drysdale has been with ESPN since its very first tennis telecast in 1979. As a player, he won 35 singles titles, and was the US Open runner-up in 1965. That year and in 1966 he reached the semifinals at both Wimbledon and the Roland Garros. He also captured 24 doubles crowns, highlighted in 1972 by the US Open men's crown with Roger Taylor. Shriver,who joined ESPN in 1990, won 21 singles titles and 112 in doubles, including 23 Grand Slam events (22 in women's doubles plus one in mixed doubles). While partnering with Zina Garrison, she captured the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in doubles in Seoul.

"It's been a terrific year of women's tennis with memorable matches and exciting action on ESPN2, and we're pleased to cap the year with another championship event, this time from Doha, Qatar," said Jason Bernstein, senior director, programming & acquisitions, ESPN. "This is a great way to finish 2008 and spring toward 2009 when we will televise all four Grand Slam events for the first time, beginning with the Australian Open in January."

"The 2008 season has been one full of historic milestones and a thrilling race for the No.1 ranking, and it is only fitting that our Sony Ericsson Championships will be the first season-ending event in the Middle East, first to feature equal prize money and first brought to US television viewers in high definition," said Stacey Allaster, president of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. "We are pleased to partner with Tennis Channel and ESPN, as they are leaders in presenting innovative and exciting tennis coverage for US fans."

The Sony Ericsson Championships conclude the annual women's professional tennis season. Singles competition initially takes place within two groups of four players each. Every player has one match against each of the other three women in her group, with the top two players in each group advancing to the single-elimination semifinals and subsequent championship. Thus tennis fans are assured of seeing each of these eight stars play at least three matches during the week.

On the doubles side, the four teams that qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships compete in a single-elimination semifinal and championship during the last two days of the event.

All singles players have qualified for the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships. They are US Open winner Serena Williams, Wimbledon winner Venus Williams, World No.1 Jelena Jankovic, Roland Garros winner Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonereva. Likewise, the doubles field is set, with the teams of US Open winners Cara Black/Liezel Huber and Roland Garros winners Anabel Medina Garrigues/Virginia Ruano Pascual joined by Kveta Peschke/Rennae Stubbs and Katarina Srebotnik/Ai Sugiyama.

When not watching the Sony Ericsson Championships on Tennis Channel and ESPN2, viewers can keep up with the season-ending competition online at espn360.com, which offers 24 hours of live, round-robin coverage November 4-7, and tennischannel.com, which will feature tournament draws, scores and news, as well as a veteran reporter's previews in Steve Flink on Tennis and updates at popular fan blog LaRosa's Sweet Spot.

Tennis Channel's and ESPN2's 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships Schedule (all times US ET):

Tuesday, November 4
09.00hrs - 15.00hrs: Round-Robin Action (Tennis Channel)

Wednesday, November 5
09.00hrs - 15.00hrs: Round-Robin Action (Tennis Channel)

Thursday, November 6
09.00hrs - 15.00hrs: Round-Robin Action (Tennis Channel)

Friday, November 7
09.00hrs - 15.00hrs: Round-Robin Action (Tennis Channel)

Saturday, November 8
05.00hrs - 08.00hrs: Doubles Semifinals (Tennis Channel)
09.30hrs - 13.30hrs: Singles Semifinals (Tennis Channel)

Sunday, November 9
07.00hrs - 08.30hrs: Doubles Final (Tennis Channel)
12.00hrs - 14.00hrs: Singles Final (ESPN2)

Tennis Channel will also offer same-day replays of the singles and doubles finals on Sunday, November 9: Doubles Final (15.00hrs - 16.30hrs and 23.00hrs - 00.30hrs); Singles Final (19.00hrs - 21.00hrs).

Oct 28th, 2008, 08:00 PM
Ugh, so early:lol:

In The Zone
Oct 28th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Thank god. I was wondering where the the Singles final was going to be broadcasted. ESPN's site had nothing about it.

Thanks. :D

Oct 28th, 2008, 09:05 PM
Thanks! I hope someone can record doubles matches, please!

Oct 28th, 2008, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the info. Hopefully i can catch a few of these matches LIVE. :bounce:

Oct 29th, 2008, 02:33 AM
I'm so glad that Versus lost the rights to the YEC. Their refusal to show any of the matches in HD last year was dissapointing.

Oct 30th, 2008, 03:28 AM
Thanks but this sucks cuz i just got Versus :tape: I still got ESPN2.